From a New York Fashion Week filled with ultra-relaxed hair and easy dressing, it makes sense that our feet will benefit from the new mood, too. Only a few designers deigned to show a single-soled stiletto shoe, those cruel, beautiful monsters that are a major pain after a few hours. This spring, it’s all about comfort, two ways: the flat, and the chunky heel.
The Birkenstock is having a moment, thanks to Celine’s bejeweled mink iteration from last spring. Roll your eyes, but they caught on (and weren’t you a little jealous of those with what were essentially elegant if Muppet-y fur pillows strapped to their feet? Yes.) For spring 2014, Tibi did a Birk-ish flat sandal in a simple slide in white, black, or bedazzled, and they’re quite pretty.
Another sandal for spring comes from Suno, with a simple shape and in blocked colors that coordinate well with the collection.
Honor also treated us to flats – sparkly ones at that. These more formal pieces paired perfectly with Honor’s pretty, proper dresses. Who doesn’t love a flat they can dress up in?
Next up is The Row, who worked on a limited-edition collaboration with Italian men’s shoemakers Enzo Bonafè. If you want to get into this pair come spring, you have to get yourself into a waitlist now. The results of their partnership are beautiful, timeless shoes that look buttery, elegant, and comfortable from here.
Looking for height? Ditch the pin heel and reach for one of this chunky bunch:
Tess Giberson showed white and black leather shoes that crawled up the ankle like armor – ideal for stomping around.
The best shoe of the bunch hailed from Spanish brand Delpozo, who managed to make a potentially clunky heel girly and still fashion forward. All bearing a bow and coming in colors like metallic teal, chartreuse, lavender, silver and gold, along with matte black and white, there’s an option for every outfit.